In a bid to increase accountability, a biometric attendance system has been announced for the Karnataka Department of Health

Karnataka’s Minister of Health and Medical Education, Dr. K Sudhakar, on Thursday announced the implementation of a biometric attendance system in all hospitals and offices under the state health department. There are 3,230 such institutions with more than 65,000 employees.

“The state health department has taken a big step to increase the accountability of its staff by implementing a biometric attendance system. Under the new system, salaries for officers, doctors and staff will be based on attendance. This will bring a qualitative change in the department by bringing more discipline, accountability and efficiency,” the minister said.

Sudhakar said he had received several complaints from elected officials and members of the public that doctors and other staff were unavailable in hospitals and offices during working hours. “The indiscipline of government officials will impact the delivery of public health services. So, I gave instructions to cut off the pay of those who were not present during working hours. All hospitals and other offices under the Department of Health will be equipped with Biometric Attendance System (AEBS) which will record attendance based on Aadhar card of doctors, officers and staff,” he said. added.

He said biometric attendance had been stopped due to the pandemic but had been made compulsory again for two months. “It was conveyed through several meetings and circulars. However, some staff and officers still have not recorded biometric attendance. Now an appropriate warning and order has been issued. If someone fails to register their biometric attendance, they will be marked as absent and will receive a pay cut,” he said.

DDOs (Salary Calculation Officers) have been tasked with verifying all AEBS under their jurisdiction and submitting a report on the provision of salaries to the relevant District Health Officer (DHO). They will inspect the report and provide instructions on the release and withholding of wages. Senior officers will inspect the work of the DHOs.

“If someone is found to have less than 80% attendance, their payment will be withheld and further action will be taken. In the event that they have an 80% attendance, the pay will be released and they will be questioned on the reason for the absence of 20% and a notice will be served. If the reason for the absence is real, the file will be closed. In the event that the information is false, a part of the salary will be reduced from the salary of the following month. If salaries are given without verification of attendance, the DDOs will be held accountable and action will be taken against them. If supervision is inadequate, action will also be taken against the DHO,” the department said. of health.

“During the weekly review by the health department, a review of attendance and salaries will also be carried out. If there is a gap in the implementation of the new rule, strict action will be taken. Doctors, officers and staff were instructed to register their attendance three times a day. Separate hours have been set for hospitals and offices,” Sudhakar said.

Presence schedule

1. Administrative offices: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

2. Hospitals: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

3. Those who work shifts in hospitals

a. First shift: 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

b. Second shift: 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

vs. First shift: 8 p.m., 12 p.m. and 8 a.m. (next day)

4. Special Circumstances (Accident, Emergency Department and Surgeries): In the event that Doctors and Caregivers cannot register their attendance three times a day due to Special Circumstances, the District Surgeon or Physician Administrators may grant exemptions on those days. However, a mandatory presence must be registered at the entrance and exit.

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